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Minto30Roe Amenity Update!

Now that occupancy at Minto30Roe is quickly approaching it’s the perfect time to share an update on the highly anticipated amenity spaces! Minto30Roe is located at Yonge and Eglinton and is currently SOLD OUT!

The building has some incredible common areas for our residents to enjoy and we thought we would give you a little taste of what you can expect! Our first homeowners will start moving in this summer, and we can’t wait for them to call this place home!

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Here is a recap of all the amenity spaces Minto30Roe has to offer:

Movement Haus Fitness Centre

  • Minto30Roe will have one of the largest condominium fitness centres designed and managed by Movement Haus and Benchmark, one of the city’s leading fitness and training providers. Rivaling the best of professional gyms, Minto30Roe Fitness Centre will cater to both casual recreation and serious training. The space includes three designated training rooms; one for spinning, one for strength training and cardio and one for yoga, Pilates, TRX and GRAVITY. The equipment mix has been selected for optimum training, using the same machines featured in top tier gyms across North America. Benchmark will offer in-house classes and personal training on an à la carte basis. Spinning classes, yoga, Pilates, Kinesis training, GRAVITY incline resistance training and TRX suspension training, taught by certified instructors! This is a perfect way for you to get your friends to come and try out a class organized by you!

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  • Minto30Roe will also provide 24 hour Concierge at your service 7 days a week and the furnished Guest Suites will provide overnight guests with convenient and comfortable accommodations. Yonge and Eglinton is a hot spot with so many restaurants and bars, so it will be great to have your guests stay in your building instead of going home for the night!


Lounge and Chef’s Kitchen

  • In the Lounge you can meet up with a friend to watch a movie or host a dinner party for a large group. It’s equipped with a double sided fireplace, open style Catering Kitchen with Chef’s Table, lounge seating and direct access to the Outdoor Courtyard. Use one of the many local catering services, or, make your own superb dishes to wow your guests!

The Courtyard

  • The Courtyard is an expansive exterior lounge that raises the bar on outdoor indulgence. Enjoy year round BBQ’ing, elegant outdoor dining with fireside seating, with a stunning view of the banquette and water feature.

Green Roof

  • The Greens can be found on the 3rd floor podium roof top a garden setting for some personal quiet time. The urban outdoor retreats designed by award winning landscape architect Ferris & Associates are uniquely stunning. Grab your favourite beverage and a good read, and enjoy some ‘me’ time! These outdoor gathering places capture the essence of space through the use of water, natural materials, sculpted landscaping, fire and light.

Library and Wifi Lounge

  • Minto30Roe will also have a Private Conference Room, and a Wi-Fi/Library Lounge that will be equipped with high definition TV for gaming technology use; what a perfect way to entertain guests before or after the big game!



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Our construction team is working hard to get the amenity spaces ready for occupancy!

The party room and lounge have been dry walled and lights have been installed. The wood panelling wall details are being installed, as is the catering kitchen and counter top. The stunning metal staircase, which is the show piece of the Minto30Roe Lounge, is now in and looking fabulously groomed.

Up on the 2nd floor, the gym’s acoustical flooring is being installed and the 2nd floor washrooms are being tiled. The 3rd floor terrace and 7th floor green roof landscaping is underway so by summer’s end, tenants will be relaxing with their favourite beverage enjoying the gorgeous midtown view!


Entrance From Roehampton Av.




Ground Floor Amenity Lounge


7th Floor Green Roof

Seeing this really gets us excited about these soon-to-be beautiful common spaces!  We can’t wait for first occupancies to begin  just in time for the beautiful weather!

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Q&A with Mark Stables: condo gyms & working out in them

The gym at Minto's 88 at Yonge & Sheppard

Looks like you’re out of excuses. When it comes to condo amenities, the most highly sought after, receiving the highest usage by purchasers has become the gym. Enter Mark Stables. He’s designed many a condo gym, including the ones at minto775 King West, 88 and the new 30 Roehampton. His company, Benchmark, is an integrated health & fitness company that provides personal training, yoga, Pilates and massage therapy in homes or condos. He’s looking to add acupuncture and physiotherapy to the roster soon.

Benchmark’s offshoot, Movement Haus, began in 2010. Movement Haus looks at the architectural and interior design components of fitness amenity design for condominiums.

“We create a functional design for developers, we equip the space with state of the art equipment, then we provide all the services that Benchmark Group offers,”

We caught up with Mark earlier this week for a little Q&A.

How did you make the leap from working out in gyms to designing them?
MS: I was working as a fitness director and personal trainer. After a while it became apparent that some of the members would prefer the convenience of having a trainer come to their homes. That’s when I started my company training clients at home. I moved to Toronto shortly thereafter and started approaching developers about helping them equip their spaces and providing services like yoga, Pilates, massage therapy and nutrition. But in 2003 Toronto just wasn’t ready for it yet.

In 2010 I designed my first condo environment and discovered by passion for architecture & design. By then I had seen really poor example as well as really great examples of condo gyms. I started working with developers at the inception stages of design, working with their in-house architects & designers to design the space, equip it and then provide the services.

You’ve designed three gyms for Minto buildings. What are some of the key differences between them?
MS: Minto775 will have an industrial feel with unfinished concrete ceilings. 88 is a little more refined. It has high ceilings, lots of natural light and exposed glass facing north with direct access to the courtyard. Yoga, Pilates and TRX classes will share a dedicated private studio space. When Benchmark classes aren’t in session,  the area can also be used for personal training and stretching. The main gym will house the latest in true-to-form functional strength and cardio equipment. Lastly, the spinning section will be equipped with Keiser M3 spin bikes.

The cardio equipment will have iPod docking stations with internet-ready screens. Whatever you download on your iPod can be played on your very own screen, or you can browse online during your workout. Classes on offer will include Yoga, Pilates and TRX, as well as spinning. All of these will be supported by personal training, nutrition coaching and massage therapy to further optimize the exercise facilities at 88, ensuring they are used to their best potential as opposed to providing spaces with no follow-through on intended usage.

30 Roe is currently at the design stage, so it’s too early to tell.

Developers have been using marketing jargon like “state of the art 5 star fitness amenities” for years, and benchmark is really about defining what that is.

Obviously you have to choose the equipment and decide where to put it, but what are some of the more subtle things that figure into the design?
MS: We want to create more of a studio environment. It’s been getting better over the last few years, but I’ve seen enough facilities that are just using leftover square footage and throwing in a multigym, a treadmill and a rowing machine and calling it a five star fitness amenity. We talk about the equipment placement from the beginning so you don’t have cords everywhere. We look at the architectural drawings to make sure the space works. Sometime columns have to be moved.

After looking at the physical space, we look at the lighting, flooring, window placement and wall treatments; anything to make the space more inviting. We want it to be comfortable, with wifi so people can come down and hang out. At 30 Roehampton they’ll have a chillout room where people can lounge and meet friends during and after a workout.

What are some of the stereotypes people have of personal trainers? Which ones are true?
MS: My favourite is that all personal trainers are health-obsessed and will accept nothing less than the pinnacle of health. Some might be like that, but we’re people, too. I baked cookies this morning. I go out to restaurants and eat pasta. I love wine. When I was cycling in Italy and France [for the better part of a month last summer] I was riding really hard, and then I would go to wineries afterwards and do some tasting.

How much does one really need to work out?
MS: I think 3 times per week for about 30-45 mins is a good answer. I always encourage people to walk. The key is to find something you love doing. The treadmill might burn more calories, but it doesn’t matter if you like the eliptical and are actually going to use it.

What’s the best way to start working out if you’ve never tried before?
MS: Again it’s going to be simply finding what you enjoy doing. Have a game plan and set some goals. This is where having a personal trainer really becomes effective. Start be examining what you’re currently doing. What’s been working for you and what hasn’t? Then set some goals for yourself and figure out what you need to do to get there.

What percentage of gym memberships do you estimate go unused?
MS: I would say 80%. It’s been a while since I checked the stats. But if you look at the [big chains], every January you’ve got this huge mass of people joining up, but after 4-6 weeks, I think about 80% have lost their gusto and motivation and stopped working out. It has to do with old behaviours and old habits. This is where condo-based amenities could add a lot of value for people.